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I was not married but lived with my ex partner for 19 years. Everything was in his name as he always dealt with the finances. We separated and I felt like I had nothing! He also stated I had nothing as it was all in his name. I told him we both contributed but he would not listen to me. I booked an appointment to find out my rights. I was given legal information. Knowing my rights and the options, helped me decide what to do next. (Client Stories)

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Protecting your interests

Do not leave yourself in the same position as Joanna above protect your investment as this will save arguing and and the possibility of entering into a costly legal battle if things go wrong and you decide to separate.  There are various ways to protect your interests. 

Such as:

A Deeds of Trust - If you are putting money into a house purchase but you are not married, then you could be gambling your money unless you set down exactly who owns what share…

There is no such thing as a common law marriage

Do not rely on the conveyancing solicitor to deal with it

It will save you £££thousands if things go wrong.

We help if you are setting up home together, getting married, or financing your children’s house purchase. Also often if you are a parent who is helping your son and daughter with a house purchase, then we can help you protect your share of the deal, this will help if they then separate with you ensuring that the share you provided goes back to you or to your son or daughter. 

Ways to protect your interest: 

We can help with a Deed of Trust to protect your share of the house

We can arrange a prenuptial agreement before marriage

We can arrange a living together/cohabitation agreement

Pre nuptial agreements.

Prenuptial agreements are becoming more common. The purpose is to ring fence your money and belongings so that, if you divorce, the Judge has guidelines on how to allocate the assets.

In America (where much of our more recent law ideas come from, as well as our best films about prenuptial agreements), the concept of the “prenup” is part of their legal system.

Over here, a prenup is still not written into law as legally binding. However, because ‘all the circumstances of the case’ can be taken into consideration, if there is a prenup, it is part of the relevant factors a Judge must think about.

Approach it rationally, think of it as insurance. Make sure it contains sensible housing provisions for your spouse – any prenup that throws your ex-wife on the street to live under the arches is not going to be upheld if it is challenged.

Ensure you work out what will change if/when children arrive on the scene.

What, if any, maintenance provisions should go in it?

• Make sure you have both disclosed your assets and your income and your debts to each other, in writing, before the prenuptial is signed.

• Do not leave it until a few days before the wedding to enter into a prenuptial agreement. Plan it early so neither of you feel under pressure to sign it.

• Have legal advice before signing it. That means you both need to see an independent lawyer.

• Like we said before, a prenuptial agreement is not binding in the strict sense of the word. But recent case law has meant that judges are happy to uphold agreements reached with legal advice and full disclosure.

• If you are starry eyed twenty-year olds starting out married life with nothing but a spotted hanky on a stick, then a prenuptial agreement is probably not necessary.

• If you have significant assets in your own name, then can you afford to be without one?